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Emi Buendia set to join Norwich City

8 June 2018

Norwich City have agreed a deal with Spanish side Getafe for the signing of Argentinian playmaker Emi Buendia from July 1.

Last season, the 21-year-old played at second tier Spanish side Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa having spent his youth career with Real Madrid and Getafe.

He notched six goals and 11 assists in his 40 Segunda Division appearances last season on his way to picking up the club’s end-of-season Player of the Year award.

In an exclusive interview with canaries.co.uk, Buendia said: “I’m very happy to join Norwich City. It’s a new adventure and a new project and it’s something I’m very excited about.

“It’s a great club and a big club with a good project. The aim is to get back into the Premier League and as I said before, I’m very happy to be here.

“I’ve always liked English football. The atmosphere and the stadiums are amazing and from when I was a little boy, I’ve always wanted to play in England.”

Buendia began his career in his native Argentina with Cadetes de San Martin before joining Madrid in 2009 at the age of 13.

He then moved to Getafe a year later where he progressed through the ranks to make his senior debut for the club’s reserves in March 2014, aged just 17.

Buendia’s La Liga debut came in February 2015 in a defeat to Almeria before he scored his first goal in the division in the 3-0 home win over Levante in September of the following season.

After impressing on loan last year, Buendia joins the Canaries on a four-year deal and Head Coach Daniel Farke believes the midfielder is an exciting signing.

“We are very happy with the signing because Emi is the perfect fit for our squad," said the City boss.

“We’ve followed him for several months and we were always desperate to sign him. There was lots of interest in him.

“We wanted a guy who can score and assist and he did this last season. He’s a technical player, full of creativity and he has lots of potential.”


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